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Corrib gas a ‘template’ for ‘how not to undertake a development’

Lorna Siggins: 26 JAN 2016 The Corrib gas project is a template for “how not to undertake a development”, according to a new planning approach published by the British Institution of Civil Engineers. Although the gas project has secured its final Government approval from Minister for Energy Alex White, the prospect of further legal challenges […]

Shell re-opens Nigeria’s Trans Niger Pipeline shut since Nov

Shell re-opens Nigeria’s Trans Niger Pipeline shut since Nov LONDON Jan 25 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell said on Monday that is had re-opened a key oil pipeline in Nigeria that had been shut since late November. The Trans Niger Pipeline, or TNP, which carries Bonny Light crude oil to the export terminal had re-opened […]

20 years after gas discovery, Corrib opens in north Mayo

Lorna Siggins: 24 JAN 2016 The €3.5 billion Corrib gas development is due to be opened by Minister of State for Natural Resources Joe McHugh on Monday, almost 20 years after the gas discovery was reported off the north Mayo coast. Taoiseach Enda Kenny had been earmarked for the invitation-only event, but will be at […]

Shell and VW top list of NGOs ‘most hated’ brands in the UK

Zlata Rodionova: 18 JAN 2016 Volkswagen has made a list of non-governmental organisations’ “most hated” brands in the UK for the first time, following a turbulent year for the company dealing with fallout from the emissions scandal. VW came in at fourth place in the survey that named Shell as the most hated brand. VW […]

Shell the company most criticised by campaigners

Sunday 17 JAN 2016 German carmaker Volkswagen was one of the “most disliked” companies for pressure groups last year following its emissions scandal, a survey has found. Shell was the most criticised by campaigners, followed by Monsanto, which makes genetically modified food. Half of the top-10 most criticised companies on Sigwatch’s list were energy firms, […]

Shell lease requests offshore Alaska face scrutiny

Shell is challenging a decision by the federal government to deny its request to suspend leases in the Arctic waters off the coast of Alaska that would expire in 2017 and 2020. Federal leases expire at the end of their terms unless operators are engaged in drilling or related activity. ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Jan. 14 (UPI) […]

US Gulf oil spill nearly ruined BP, says chief Bob Dudley

Saturday 2 Jan 2016 The giant oil spill from a BP rig off the US coast in 2010 nearly ruined the company, its chief executive has said. Bob Dudley described the fire on the Deepwater Horizon and its aftermath as “a near death experience” for the firm. It was one of the worst environmental disasters […]

Corrib Gas Controversy: Minister White’s Christmas Message to the People of Mayo & the High Court

Gives High Court the two-fingered salute. Uses Christmas to sign off on Corrib gas despite pending judicial review of EPA licence. 31 Dec 2015 In an extraordinary, near clandestine decision in the middle of the Christmas holiday period, Alex White signed off on the final consent needed by Shell to operate the Corrib gas refinery […]

Desperate measures for a desperate Corrib project

New Release – Issued by Shell to Sea – December 30th 2015 – For immediate release —  Minister White slips consent to Shell during Christmas period — Shell to Sea have called the granting by Alex White of consent to operate the Corrib Gas pipeline – desperate and disgraceful. Permission was granted despite Shell’s EPA […]

YOUR COMPANY IS EVIL

London Rising Tide protesters outside the Royal Courts of Justice to highlight Shell’s devastating pollution in Nigeria  To whom this may concern,  I am writing an e-mail to you to let you know how disgusting and disgraceful company is, I am referring to the oil spills in Nigeria where your carelessness has affected the lives of the local people […]

Shell To Sea JR Legal Fund

Four local residents have initiated a legal challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision granting Shell E&P Ireland an INDUSTRIAL EMISSIONS LICENCE P0738-03 for the Corrib gas refinery in Co Mayo. THIS IS THE FINAL DECISION TO PUMP THE GAS In proceedings before the High Court, four residents argue THAT the decision to grant the […]

Royal Dutch Shell braced for a flood of compensation claims

By ROB DAVIES FOR THE DAILY MAIL: 19 December 2015 Royal Dutch Shell is braced for a flood of compensation claims against its Nigerian business over oil spills, after a ruling that makes it more vulnerable to lawsuits. Judges in The Hague, Netherlands, ordered Shell to hand over documents that could shed light on the cause […]

Shell could face ‘tens of billions in damages’ over Nigeria spills

Court rules Royal Dutch Shell can be held liable for oil spills at its subsidiary in Nigeria By Reuters: 1:34PM GMT 18 Dec 2015 A Dutch appeals court has ruled that Royal Dutch Shell can be held liable for oil spills at its subsidiary in Nigeria, potentially opening the way for other compensation claims against the […]

Dutch court: Nigeria farmers can sue Shell in Netherlands

Dutch court: Nigeria farmers can sue Shell in Netherlands [JURIST] The Hague Court of Appeals [official website] ruled Friday that the Royal Dutch Shell [corporate website] can be sued in a Dutch court for their involvement in oil leaks in Nigeria. The ruling [text, in Dutch] stems from a suit brought by four Nigerian farmers […]

Shell contests Dutch ruling on Nigerian spills

By Daniel J. Graeber: Dec. 18, 2015 THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Dec. 18 (UPI) — Dutch supermajor Shell said it was disappointed that a national court in The Hague has assumed jurisdiction over claims tied to oil spills in Nigeria. Nigerian farmers said Royal Dutch Shell and the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria are liable […]

Dutch appeals court says Shell may be held liable for oil spills in Nigeria

Nigerian farmers affected by oil pollution get green light to pursue case against Anglo–Dutch multinational as judges order release of key documents Friends of the Earth activists hold a banner supporting civil action taken by Nigerian farmers whose livelihoods were affected by leaking pipelines in the oil-rich Niger delta. Photograph: Peter Dejong/AP Reuters: Friday 18 December 2015 […]

Nigerian Farmers Cleared to Sue Shell in Dutch Court

  By MIKE CORDER, ASSOCIATED PRESS: THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Dec 18, 2015 Nigerian farmers will have the chance to sue oil multinational Shell in a Dutch court for pollution they blame on leaking pipelines, a Dutch appeals court ruled Friday. Activists said the ruling sets a landmark legal precedent that clears the way for Dutch-based […]

Again, Shell Faces Dutch Court over Niger Delta Oil Damage

16 Dec 2015 Amnesty International has said Shell could be exposed to a raft of compensation claims and be forced to disclose previously withheld internal documents over its failure to stop and clean up decades of oil pollution in a test case before the Dutch Court of Appeal on Friday. According to a statement by […]

Shell faces Dutch court for Niger Delta oil damage

15 December 2015 The oil giant Shell could be exposed to a raft of compensation claims and be forced to disclose previously withheld internal documents over its failure to stop and clean up decades of oil pollution in a test case before the Dutch Court of Appeal on Friday. The case is the latest attempt […]

Shell Bid Aims to Preserve U.S. Drilling Rights in Arctic Ocean

Jennifer A Dlouhy: December 15, 2015: Bloomberg.com Oil company files appeal challenging rejection by Interior Clock now ticking on oil and gas leases expiring in 2020 Royal Dutch Shell Plc is fighting to preserve U.S. drilling rights in Arctic waters three months after halting exploration indefinitely there because it failed to find meaningful oil or […]

Economics, not just regulation, sidelined Shell’s offshore Alaska drilling plans

Dermot Cole: December 8, 2015 Fresh assertions that the Obama administration smothered Shell’s Arctic dreams followed the news that Statoil gave up on its leases, the second company to abandon plans to look for oil in the Chukchi Sea. Citing market conditions and noting the leases “are no longer considered competitive within Statoil’s global portfolio,” the Norwegian company announced its withdrawal plans Nov. […]

The Inside Story of Shell’s Arctic Assault

A months-long investigation shows how the energy giant pressured the Interior Department during the company’s gung-ho Arctic push—and got most of what it wanted (except oil). By Barry Yeoman: December 08, 2015 Last May, four months before the oil giant Royal Dutch Shell suspended exploration in offshore Alaska, Christopher Putnam needed to get something off his […]

Shell’s $90M Contamination Deal OK’d Over Dole’s Objection

By Kurt Orzeck Law360, Los Angeles (December 2, 2015, 5:35 PM ET) — A California state appeals court on Tuesday finalized a decision affirming a judge’s approval of Shell Oil Co.’s $90 million settlement with nearly 1,500 Los Angeles-area residents over oil waste buried under homes built by a Dole Food Co. subsidiary. The court […]

Shell’s £22,500 fine for North Sea oil spill slammed as ‘paltry’ by campaigners

The World Wildlife Fund warned the size of the fine would ‘do little to deter future poor behaviour’ Shell apologised for the lack of information and said it was not a deliberate attempt to cover up the spill.  Adam Barnett: 24 November 2015 A £22,500 fine imposed on the energy giant Shell as punishment for […]

Shell fined by Scottish court for 2011 North Sea oil spill

“Despite being responsible for the worst North Sea spill in a decade, the level of the fine is literally a drop in the ocean when compared to the billions earned by Shell annually…” LONDON: Business News | Tue Nov 24, 2015 2:42pm GMT Oil major Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) was handed a 22,500 pound fine […]

Shell Canada fined $825,000 for Sarnia refinery pollution

CALGARY, ALBERTA Nov 24 The Ontario government on Tuesday ordered Shell Canada, a wholly owned subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, to pay C$825,000 ($620,487.36) in fines for discharging a contaminating odour from its Sarnia refinery in 2013. In a statement, the Ontario Ministry for Environment and Climate Change said Shell had pleaded guilty to one […]

Shell handed £22,500 fine over August 2011 North Sea oil spill

November 24, 2015 12:30 pm The company carried out a review of its North Sea pipeline system following the leak, which came from a subsea pipeline in the Gannet field in August 2011. More than 200 tonnes of oil – about 1,300 barrels – entered the North Sea from the pipe about 112 miles east […]

State regulators fine Shell Oil for toxic release in Anacortes

Inspectors found that Shell had skipped critical decontamination steps while shutting down the main flare. The uncontrolled release exposed workers to toxic substances. BY ASSOCIATED PRESS: NOVEMBER 20, 2015 TUMWATER, Wash. (AP) — Washington state regulators have fined Shell Oil Products $77,000 after an investigation found that it failed to control a toxic release. The Department […]

Shell charged over biggest North Sea oil leak in more than a decade

STV: 20 November 2015 Energy giant Shell has been charged over a major oil leak from a North Sea platform four years ago.  The equivalent of more than 1300 barrels of oil spilled into the sea from the Gannet Alpha in August 2011, the largest leak in more than a decade.  The UK Government carried […]

Shell charged over Gannet Alpha leak in 2011

Friday 20 November 2015 Oil giant Shell has been charged after an investigation into a leak at a North Sea platform in 2011, the BBC Scotland news website has learned. It involved the Gannet Alpha platform, 113 miles (180km) from Aberdeen. It was reported that the pipeline leaked more than 200 tonnes of oil. The […]

Nigerian researcher key to landmark $83 million Shell oil spill settlement to speak at IUPUI

INDIANAPOLIS — In an out-of-court settlement reached earlier this year, Shell Petroleum Development Co. of Nigeria agreed to an $83.4 million (55 million pounds) compensation package for Bodo, a Nigerian farming and fishing community damaged by massive oil spills in 2008 and 2009. The Bodo case is the first major legal settlement where compensation has […]

FIRE AT SHELL MOERDIJK FACILITY A CONTROLLED BURN

Flaring at Shell Moerdijk could be seen from 40 km away after a small fire on Nov 11th, 2015 (Photo: Twitter/@anjaboogaard) Nov 12, 2015 by Janene Pieters A small fire at Shell Moerdijk caused a red glow in the air that concerned local residents on Wednesday night. According to the fire department, the red glow […]

Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Extra Judicial Death of Ken Saro-Wiwa & all the Ogoni 9

10 Nov 2015, Dublin Ireland Shell to Sea Activists and AFRI commemorated the 20th Anniversary of the deaths of Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni Nine outside “Corrib House:” Shell’s Irish Headquarters in Dublin. The activists carried crosses bearing the names of each of the men executed by the corrupt Nigerian Government on 10 November 1995. […]

Nigeria oil pollution still menaces 20 years after activist’s hanging, Shell cleanup vows

WARRI, NIGERIA – Twenty years after a Nigerian military dictatorship hanged activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, his Niger Delta homeland remains blighted by oil pollution. Thousands of lives have been wrecked, according to Amnesty International, as oil slicks killed the fish, crude-crusted soil stunted crops and oil flare-ups polluted lungs. Gen. Sani Abacha’s regime hanged Saro-Wiwa, 54, […]

Ken Saro-Wiwa’s widow talks about execution 20 years on

By Yvonne Ndege | Al Jazeera  A memorial march is due to be held in Nigeria for a champion of the environment who confronted one of the world’s biggest oil companies – and was then hanged. It is the 20th anniversary of the execution of Ken Saro Wiwa, who campaigned against oil pollution in the […]

Shell’s top Arctic exec is retiring, will join KBR board

Posted on November 10, 2015 | By Joshua Cain After Royal Dutch Shell scuttled its $7 billion Arctic drilling program in September, the company’s top executive on the project is moving on. Ann Pickard, Shell’s executive vice president in the Arctic, will retire from the company in February 2016, Shell spokeswoman Kelly op de Weegh […]

Shell haunted by Ken Saro Wiwa legacy as Niger Delta communities demand justice

10 November 2015 Today marks the 20th anniversary of the execution of Ken Saro Wiwa and eight other Ogoni leaders, hanged by the Nigerian state after they spoke out against the government and campaigned against Shell’s operations in Nigeria’s Ogoniland. Their executions sparked a global outcry. It’s a fitting moment to take stock of the […]

Shell’s boss fights to keep BG deal alive as he attempts to calm jittery investors

By LAURA CHESTERS FOR DAILY MAIL: 3 November 2015 Royal Dutch Shell chief executive Ben van Beurden is the oil industry’s equivalent of a swan – below his calm demeanour he is furiously paddling to keep his planned £40billion mega-deal afloat. Shell is buying rival BG Group and, to get the deal away and for […]

Shell describes Arctic drilling project as a good prospect that just didn’t work out

Associated Press: Nov. 3, 2015 LONDON (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden says the company will reflect on its decision to consider drilling off the coast of Alaska but voiced his regret that the prospect couldn’t be made to work out. Van Beurden told reporters Tuesday as Shell updated its strategy that it […]

Niger Delta: Shell’s manifestly false claims about oil pollution exposed, again

3 November 2015, 00:08 UTC Claims by oil giant Shell that it has cleaned up heavily polluted areas of the Niger Delta are blatantly false, Amnesty International and the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) said in a new report published today. Clean it up: Shell’s false claims about oil spills in the […]

Shell Fails to Clean Four Nigeria Oil Spill Sites, Amnesty Says

Abandoned fishing boats in Ogoniland Photographer: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP via Getty Images Chris Kay: November 3, 2015: Bloomberg.com Nigerian regulator incorrectly said spill sites clean Shell says oil theft, illegal refining a persistent challenge Royal Dutch Shell Plc has failed to clean up four oil-spill sites in the crude-producing Niger River delta, three of which an under-resourced […]

Shell leaves door open for future exploration in Alaska’s Arctic

Jennifer A. Dlouhy | Houston Chronicle: November 2, 2015 WASHINGTON — Shell is walking away from oil exploration in Arctic waters north of Alaska, but it isn’t ready to close the door completely. Disappointing results from a critical test well at the company’s Burger prospect in the Chukchi Sea, combined with the high costs of developing the […]

Oil Spill: Ilaje Coastal Communities Demand Compensation from Shell

22 October 2015 The Ilaje coastal communities in Ondo state have alleged that oil giant, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) allegedly excluded them from the ongoing discussions and compensation agreement it reached with the communities that were affected in the oil spill from the Bonga oil field in 2011. They have therefore appealed to President, […]

Concern over Shell drilling for oil off Nova Scotia

By Christopher Ives: 21 October 2015 Today’s announcement from CNSOPB really surprised me. Tuesday, 10/20/2015 – Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board Issues Shell Canada Operations Authorization – Drilling The 2nd sentence of their 5th paragraph states “The granting of an Operations Authorization does not authorize the use of dispersants in case of a spill.” Wow. […]

US Follows Royal Dutch Shell plc Backs Away From Arctic Drilling

By: Micheal Kaufman: Oct 19, 2015 The US Interior Department announced on Friday that it will cancel the auction of 2016 and 2017 natural gas and offshore oil leases in the Arctic Ocean. The auction was scheduled under the Department’s current five-year Chukchi Sea leasing program for 2012–2017. The division cited low crude oil prices and […]

Interior: No more new Arctic oil leases for remainder of Obama’s presidency

Interior: No more new Arctic oil leases for remainder of Obama’s presidency Gregory Korte, USA TODAY: Oct 16, 2015 WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is canceling its plans to sell oil drilling rights in the Arctic Sea through 2017, a remarkable turnaround since expanding drilling by approving new drilling permits for Shell Oil earlier this year. […]

U.S. Cancels Remaining Arctic Oil Lease Sales Under Obama

Brian Wingfield and Joe Carroll: BLOOMBERG.COM: 17 October 2015 The U.S. Interior Department effectively halted drilling off Alaska’s coast for the remainder of President Barack Obama’s term by canceling two sales of Arctic oil and gas leases. The decision comes less than a month after Royal Dutch Shell Plc said it would indefinitely cease exploration […]

US curbs Arctic offshore oil and gas drilling

The US government has announced new curbs on oil and gas exploration in Arctic waters off Alaska’s northern coast. It comes after oil giant Royal Dutch Shell last month stopped its Arctic activity citing “disappointing” tests. The US interior department said it was cancelling two potential Arctic offshore lease sales and would not extend current […]

The risks of wildcatting in the Arctic

A former Shell Oil executive and catastrophic risk expert on the nightmare scenario when oil and ice mix. by Lauren Ellis @lauren_jellis: October 15, 2015 Two drill vessels officially left Arctic waters after Royal Dutch Shell announced that the company would cease exploration in the Chuckchi and Beaufort seas. After a $7 billion investment and […]

Shell’s drilling vessels leave Arctic waters after company ends oil exploration off Alaska

DAN JOLING: Associated Press: Oct. 13, 2015 ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Two drill vessels employed by Royal Dutch Shell PLC off Alaska’s northwest coast have safely departed Arctic waters for the Pacific Northwest. The 572-foot Noble Discoverer, owned by Noble Drilling U.S. LLC, reached Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands on Sunday afternoon. After a Coast Guard […]

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